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Are Essential Oils Safe? 12 Things to Know Before Use

Essential oils must be used and applied with caution, careful consideration and in moderation. When applied sensibly and in moderation, essential oils are extremely beneficial.

  • Do not take essential oils internally unless prescribed and administered by a qualified aromatherapist or medical practitioner who is qualified and trained at a clinical level.

  • Do not apply essential oils without dilution on skin. Always use a carrier oil to dilute essential oils before topical application. Direct topical use of essential oils (except some essential oils like Lavender, Tea Tree, Ravintsara etc) without dilution may lead to rashes and irritation. In an emergency case like cuts, burns or insect bites, a single drop of undiluted Lavender, Frankincense, Tea Tree or Roman Chamomile essential oils can be used to soothe and protect from infection. However, only apply the oil neat once or twice as some individuals can become sensitised to the oils if applied frequently. Do not use undiluted oils on children under the age of 3.

  • Use several small doses of essential oil periodically throughout the day rather than a single large dose at once.

  • Avoid contact of essential oil with the mucous membranes, nose and eyes area.

  • Citrus and some essential oils may cause photosensitive on skin. Avoid exposure to sunlight after topical application of these essential oils.

  • For people with allergic tendency, systematically perform an allergy test before use of essential oils.

  • For people with suffering from chronic diseases, with medical condition, taking any medication or undergoing any type of medical treatment, always check with doctor to ensure that it is safe to use aromatherapy in conjunction with prescribed treatment.

  • Take extra precaution on essential oil use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Seek advice from a medical practitioner before using any essential oil.

  • Take extra precaution on essential oil use for children. It is not recommended to use essential oils for babies younger than 6 months.

  • Certain essential oils are flammable liquids. Do not use or put bottles of essential oil near to flame, fire, or any source of ignition.

  • Never heat up an essential oil for diffusion

  • Store essential oil in a cool, dark place away from sunlight. Always ensure lids are replaced immediately after use. Once opened, most essential oils have approximately one to three years shelf life, citrus oils usually have only 6 months shelf life. The exceptions are Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver and Sandalwood as they improve with age.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only. It cannot in any case substitutes for the medical advice and treatment from your doctor or other medical professional. The products mentioned within are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As always, please consult your medical doctor for medical advice, diagnose and treatment.


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